While we're all still very much enjoying Slipknot's incredibly successful campaign for their 5K-rated We Are Not Your Kind album, percussionist and artistic mastermind Shawn 'Clown' Crahan has revealed that an old release dating back to over a decade ago should see the light of day within the band's current record cycle.
Speaking to NME about Look Outside Your Window – which was recorded at the same time as 2008's All Hope Is Gone, and features Clown, frontman Corey Taylor, guitarist Jim Root and DJ Sid Wilson – the musician reveals that it's "a very unique art-piece on its own".
“It’s sort of timeless in my opinion, so I try not to worry about it too much," he says. "I’ve waited this long for it to be right and it just never has. We were going to release it way early on this album cycle, but this one takes precedence. It’s not meant to be confused or watered down for marketing purposes. It’s really just another piece of the puzzle and the imagination that’s missing. People might really need it.”
When asked if it will be released in 2020, Clown ponders: “It was scheduled for Christmas but I just quit asking because I don’t want it to interfere with this – and mainly because of what it is. It needs its own space. We’re having a good time enjoying this album and we have no ego with that. It’s just beautiful art that we want to share in the right way. It’s going to come out on this album cycle. It’ll just be this thing that happens and people won’t even know.”
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Last year, Corey also spoke of how tricky it's been to release Look Outside Your Window timing-wise, explaining: “We’ve been trying to find a way to release those songs for God knows how long… The stuff from Look Outside Your Window is really, really — I mean, there’s no real way to describe it. It’s experimental, but it’s super vibey, super melodic. It’s really good. It’s hard to explain.
“There’s something about those songs,” he added. “They’re very solemn, very energetic, very artistic. For people who are used to a certain way of Slipknot sounding, this doesn’t sound anything like that. It’s much more of a rock vibe. Honestly, it’s much more of a Radiohead vibe, to be honest.”